Nvidia today posted version 266.35 beta drivers, the first release
from the company's new Release 265 family of drivers.
The drivers offer performance optimizations and new features and can
be downloaded here for GeForce and ION GPUs
The following performance increases were measured on a GeForce GTX
580, however similar increases can be seen across most 400 series and
500 series GPUs, according to Nvidia:
In addition to performance, Release 265 drivers take visual quality
to the next level by adding Ambient Occlusion support for one of the
most popular games, StarCraft II. By applying the ambient occlusion
feature from the NVIDIA Control Panel, gamers can improve the quality
of lighting, shadows, and depth perception in many parts of the game.
You can see the example below.
For NVIDIA 3D Vision users, Release 265 coincides with the beta 2
release of 3DVisionLive.com
. Together, users can now share 3D
photos in windowed and fullscreen views. Beta 2 also enhances the 3D
video streaming and now supports over 60 3D videos. The new scalable
video management engine is powered by Fordela.
Last but not least, Release 265 also adds support for 3D Vision
gaming in a desktop window. This allows DirectX 9 games to be played
in a window while still having access to email, web, and chat
applications. With version 266.35 drivers, this feature works with
many popular games that support window mode such as World of
Warcraft, EverQuest 2, and Aion. Support for window mode also allows
users to use 3D Vision on popular applications like Google Earth.